Singer Michelle Shocked went on an anti-gay rant in a San Francisco club the other night, leading to the cancelation of several future concert dates.
Reports from Sunday’s show at San Francisco’s Yoshi’s say that Shocked, a born-again Christian, railed against gay marriage and the crowd, saying:
“You can go on Twitter and say, ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates (anti-gay slur).’”
Shocked’s now ex-fans predictably went off on Twitter.
According to MEOW (Musicians for Equal Opportunity for Women), one audience member tweeted, “wow, she’s a total bigot and said so on stage.”
“It was unreal. We had to leave. I am so disappointed.”
“Truth is leading to painful confrontation #shortsharpshocked,” Shocked tweeted during her set, before going “full hate speech” in the eyes of many.
That concertgoer wasn’t the only disappointed one, as it appears that Michelle Shocked’s touring schedule is getting lighter by the minute …
Helen Forster, founder of the Boudler, Colo.-based eTown, said:
“In light of recent developments, eTown must cancel the upcoming concert with Michelle Shocked, originally scheduled to take place in May at eTown Hall,”
“From the very beginning, our goal as an organization has been to foster a spirit of community and inclusiveness in all that we do.”
“We are deeply saddened by today’s news, and are pulling the plug on this event. Anyone who had purchased tickets for the show can receive a full refund.”
“We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding.”
Michelle Shocked also now has openings on March 29, April 24, April 26, and May 5, as well, when she was going to be on stage in Evanston, Ill.
The Facebook page of venue Evanston SPACE now reads:
“Many of you have reached out already following an ugly rant given by Michelle Shocked at her show in San Francisco last night.”
“After speaking with the promoter of that show about the nature of the remarks, it’s clear that this is no longer a show we’re willing to put our name on.”
“The May 5th performance at SPACE has been canceled.”